Measuring The Impacts of Energy Infrastructure

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7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Ottawa, Ontario

Energy infrastructure, like pipelines and transmission lines, underpin the quality of life that Canadians enjoy. The infrastructure contributes to GDP, enables trade and is a major component of federal, provincial and municipal tax revenue. But, these gains must be weighed against potentially social and environmental consequences. Regulatory approval for such projects is often conditional on demonstration of positive contributions to the public interest – but unfortunately, the best methods to evaluate these effects are unclear.

Join The School of Public Policy for a fast-paced conference, featuring experts who will propose and explore methods and metrics for measuring the consequences of new energy infrastructure for Canada. We will examine social, environmental and economic opportunities across Canada. Research presented at this conference will then be compiled into a book, which will inform policymakers and regulators in Canada, enabling them to better understand how to evaluate the costs and benefits of energy infrastructure.

Topics include:

  • Pipelines, Netbacks and Trade: A Case Study of the Oil Sands
  • The Effect of Energy Infrastructure on Political Polarization
  • Environmental Risk and Uncertainty: Implications for Policy
  • Measuring and Assessing Community Level Impacts
  • The Relationship between Energy Infrastructure, the Public Interest and Constitutionally Protected Indigenous Rights
  • Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Impact Assessments
  • Valuing the Non-market Impacts of Energy Infrastructure

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Fairmont Château Laurier
Canadian Room
1 Rideau St.
Ottawa, ON

7:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast buffet
8:00 a.m. Opening remarks
4:15 p.m. Closing remarks

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

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